The Eczema Mindset TrapI find it's easier sometimes to think in terms of a story or an analogy. In my experience, I've noticed people can relate to an eczema scenario and customise it for their own use. Here's a scenario you've probably already been through before a hundred times:
- Something in your life causes a trigger of high stress or irritation.
- You eventually notice an area of redness on your skin, dryness, or some other symptom of eczema.
- You apply a cream or ointment that eases some symptoms in this area.
- Some time later, the symptom flares up again!
Finding What Works For YouLike any good detective or doctor, we'll first need to find something that reveals a cause. You can call it “diagnostics”, but I find it helpful to term it as revealing the “clue”. In the example above, we began with the fact that something creates a trigger for your eczema. That trigger, according to eczema statistics, tends to be mainly stress or food allergens. So when we talk about eczema “going away”, we'll want to consider what triggers it. While many topical eczema treatments work to moisturise an area, what if that's what is allowing the eczema to return? If that were true, then if we didn't apply any topical treatments, eczema should go away on its own over time.
How Eczema “Goes Away”To be clear, here “go away” will still mean there might be a number of flare-ups (depending on your own diagnosis' severity). However, it may mean that these flare-ups:
- Don't become further irritated by adding a topical treatment
- Don't become dependent on a moisturising cream, and
- Can be addressed by their trigger instead of their symptom.